When you start learning more about how products can be made in a more ethical and environmentally-friendly manner, it can be tempting to go out a buy a whole new consciously-produced wardrobe. But remember, that is not a sustainable way to shop!
Carefully sort through your cupboards and decide which items you regularly use and which you can do without. Don’t ditch the leather you love because you no longer wish to wear animal products, or your favourite tee because it was made by a fast fashion brand, reuse them until they’re beyond repair and then recycle the remains.
Or you could resell items to make space for more ethical purchases. I am about to start a new job with a smarter dress code than before. I’ve had my eye on the Matt & Nat Orwell bag for a while as it’s smart, chic, and has loads of compartments so is great for the commute (plus, it’s made of vegan leather with a recycled plastic bottle lining- read more on Matt & Nat here). In order to justify the purchase, I resold bags I’ve collected over the years that I no longer need. I used eBay and Depop to make the sales, but you could also try Asos Marketplace. I love reselling items as I know they’ll get used again. I’m also a big fan of buying second hand, if it’s lasted well for someone else it should last well for you!
So remember: reuse, repair, resell or recycle, and then replace! It is also important to reduce how much you consume- only buy products when you really need them, and invest in pieces you love and will use over again from environmentally and socially conscious brands.
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